Mina McCann joined the American Red Cross Ready When the Time Comes response team through her employer in Palmetto, S.C. When she joined, she had no idea how soon her help would actually be needed. It was just after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti and Red Cross volunteers were needed for repatriation efforts. McCann was part of a special group asked to go to the airport and welcome home U.S. citizens who had been living in Haiti and those who had gone to help with rescue effort.
"I can't begin to express the overwhelming sense of joy that I felt seeing the faces of our troops and medical personnel as we said, ‘Welcome Back! What can I get you,’” McCann said. Four years later she’s still volunteering. Through her job at a local college she’s serving as an advisor for students setting up a Red Cross Club. She goes to great effort to volunteer. Even with a full time job and four children she says there’s always time to volunteer with the Red Cross.
“You are never too busy. You can't wait for tomorrow when the need is today,” she said. As she sees it, volunteering is a revolving gift, “The gift is not only what we are able to do for others, but what others do for us when they let us help them. Share the gift."
Become a Red Cross Volunteer
The Red Cross relies on the generosity of its volunteers to fulfill its mission. There are a variety of ways people can get involved, and the Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels.
Go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.